elect

adjective
\i-ˈlekt \

Definition of elect 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen

2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy

3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect

b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)

2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president

2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program

3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective

this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

Noun

the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

Verb

He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Why not just elect congressional members at-large, statewide? Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 Both Berlioz and Mahler were visionaries before their time — an elect pantheon to which Morlot adds Charles Ives. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Symphony sets tone for ambitious season with Mahler choral epic," 15 Sep. 2017 Alex Arshinkoff, 62, an Ohio political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Philly.com, "Alex Arshinkoff | Ohio GOP leader, 62," 30 Aug. 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Arshinkoff, a GOP political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Washington Post, "Arshinkoff, dubbed most effective GOP chairman by Bush, dies," 29 Aug. 2017 Some of the profits from the Kickstarter campaign and Warren's figure sales will go toward Emily's List, a nonprofit organization helping elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Nancy Coleman, CNN, "Pint-sized persistence: Elizabeth Warren action figure fights the patriarchy from your pocket," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) had her last city council meeting in Boston on Wednesday, December 5. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Ayanna Pressley Gave a Powerful Farewell Speech at Her Final Boston City Council Meeting Before She Heads to Congress," 6 Dec. 2018 This cycle included a series of milestones: Reps.-elect Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes were the first African-American women Massachusetts and Connecticut had ever elected to the House, respectively. Li Zhou, Vox, "This year’s elections are changing Congress for the better," 6 Dec. 2018 Republicans pushed on through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to the measures designed to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin Republicans work overnight on lame-duck bills," 4 Dec. 2018 Pompeo was visiting Mexico with Cabinet-level officials to meet with both Pena Nieto and president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after a sea-change election that could offer a chance for the neighbors to repair strained relations. Susannah George, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018 But instead of acquiescing to pressure from the president-elect and keeping production in the US, Ford decided to build the Focus in China — a decision that reportedly saved the company around $1 billion. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Ford Focus is dead in the US because of Trump’s trade war," 31 Aug. 2018 This midterm is the first re-elect of Donald J. Trump. Fox News, "Steve Bannon: 2018 midterm is a referendum on the Trump presidency," 28 July 2018 There really was a scheme to protect Hillary Rodham Clinton from being indicted and smear and slander then candidate and president-elect Donald Trump and now president at all costs. Fox News, "Two FBI agents sought to 'stop' Trump," 18 June 2018 The Serie A champions-elect now 'expect' the deal to go through during the post-season break, yet will hold out for Mourinho's men to reach their asking price before sanctioning the deal. SI.com, "Report: Manchester United to Land Juventus Defender Alex Sandro," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, just elected on Tuesday, has declared a state of emergency in Butte County. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Horrific Fires Devastate California Up and Down Coast," 9 Nov. 2018 In 1955, when Cocteau was elected to the prestigious Académie Française, the two arrived at the ceremony in costumes that would have befitted any of Cocteau’s films. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Yes, for teachers and staff who elect to be on their school’s emergency team. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 After being elected to the Senate in 2016, Young oversaw the appointment of Kirsch in the Northern District, and Josh Minkler, of the Southern District. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 That increase came despite a 6.6 percent one-month drop in May, to the lowest monthly deficit since October 2016, before Trump was elected. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The New York Times has reported that more than 20,000 American women have elected to freeze their eggs — that number includes a 1,500 percent rise from 2009 to 2016, says the ASRM. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "The Rise of Egg Freezing as a Fertility Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 Although the engine still worked, the Navy elected to replace the engine before commissioning in January 2019. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 In Mexico City, voters elected Claudia Sheinbaum as their first female mayor. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Sandra Oh, Emmy Nomination, Wimbledon: Broadsheet July 13," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

: to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\i-ˈlekt \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator

2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect 

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership

2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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